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2016-10-30

The fire in Club Colectiv - one year later


A year ago the alternative club Club Colectiv here in Bucharest burned down. 64 young people died, and another 147 were injured. The reason was highly flammable decoration and non-existing emergency exits, due to a lack of official oversight in a partially corrupt nightlife industry.

A girl I know was injured that night, and many people I know lost their friends. The unnecessary tragedy became a national trauma, affecting the lives of hundreds of families and groups of friends. It also led to large demonstrations, and a renewed claim to get rid of corruption in politics, both on a local and national level.

Like many others, I was paralysed with shock and grief for days after the terrorist massacre in Norway 22 July 2011. Yet the fire in #Colectiv hit me a lot harder - because it could have been me who was there that night, and because I know so many who lost loved ones. Rest in peace, you lost youth of Romania.

Wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colectiv_nightclub_fire

Article about the aftermath (in Romanian):
http://www.ziare.com/stiri/colectiv/a-trezit-colectiv-romania-din-amortire-s-a-schimbat-ceva-cu-adevarat-1441402

Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin, Barber's "Adagio for Strings":

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